Lesson 1 - Forces and Motion

Topics:

Measuring forces; Describing motion; Acceleration; Types of motion; Newton's Laws of Motion

Learning Objectives:
– Name five ways forces originate.
– Explain how forces are measured.
– Define velocity, acceleration, and elastic distortion.
– Define rotary motion and reciprocating motion.
– State and explain Newton's Laws of Motion

Lesson 2 - Work, Energy, and Power

Topics:

Defining and measuring work; Torque; Energy; Law of Conservation of Energy; Kinetic and potential energy; Power; Horsepower; Calories; Btu

Learning Objectives:
– Define work, and explain how to calculate it.
– Define the terms torque and prime mover.
– Define energy, and tell how it is measured.
– Differentiate between kinetic and potential energy, and give an example of each one.
– Define power and horsepower, and tell how each is measured.

Lesson 3 - Fluid Mechanics

Topics:

Fluids and forces; Measuring fluid pressure; Velocity head vs static pressure head; Bernoulli effect; Venturi tubes; Friction head; The siphon

Learning Objectives:
– Define a fluid.
– Define pressure, and identify common units of pressure measurement.
– State Pascal's Law, and give an example of its application.
– Explain the difference between gage pressure and absolute pressure.
– Explain the Bernoulli Effect, and give three examples of how it is utilized in industry.
– Explain how a siphon works.

Lesson 4 - Simple Machines

Topics:

Levers; Wheel and axle; Gear trains; Inclined planes; Wedges; Cam-and-follower devices; The screw; Pulleys; Mechanical efficiency

Learning Objectives:
– Identify and name six types of simple machines.
– Calculate the ideal mechanical advantage of each of six simple machines.
– Describe the action and purpose of cam-and-follower mechanisms.
– Determine the ideal mechanical advantage of several simple gear trains.
– Explain mechanical efficiency and show how to calculate it.

Lesson 5 - Machine Elements

Topics:

Machine motions; Mechanisms; Lever and four-bar linkages; Devices for producing linear motion; Ratchet-and-pawl and fluid-power mechanisms

Learning Objectives:
– List the four classifications of mechanisms.
– Name the six basic motion conversions, and give an example of each.
– Explain the functions of bell cranks, Pitman arms, and toggle bars.
– Name three types of four-bar linkages, and explain how they function.
– Describe the ratchet-and-pawl mechanism.

Lesson 6 - Measurement Tools and Instruments

Topics:

Classification of instruments; Measurements in maintenance; Process monitoring and quality assurance; Predictive maintenance

Learning Objectives:
– Define measurement, parameter, accuracy, precision, sensitivity, and range.
– Explain why measurements are important to maintenance operations.
– Describe the general features of a portable measurement instrument.
– List the basic measurement instruments most often used in mechanical maintenance, and describe the operating principles of each.

Lesson 7 - The Safe Use of Hand Tools

Topics:

Screwdrivers; Wrenches; Hammers and mallets; Chisels; Punches; Saws; Files and rasps; Snips, nippers, and cutters; Pliers; Organizing tools

Learning Objectives:
– Name the major hand tools used in maintenance.
– State criteria for selecting the proper tools for specific jobs.
– Identify safe/unsafe practices in the use of hand tools and explain why they are safe/unsafe.
– Explain how to prolong the useful life of selected hand tools.
– Explain the advantages of having a well-organized tool box.

Lesson 8 - The Safe Use of Portable Power Tools

Topics:

Hazards; Protection against shock; Drills, sanders, grinders, saws, shears, impact wrenches, and rotary hammers; Pneumatic tools

Learning Objectives:
– State three precautions to take before using any power tool.
– Describe the safe use of each of the following power tools: electric drills, sanders, grinders, and saws; electric impact tools; pneumatic impact wrenches and hammers.
– State three general guidelines for the safe operation of any portable power tool.
– Describe the potential electrical hazards associated with electric power tools.

Lesson 9 - Fasteners

Topics:

Threaded fasteners; Screw threads; Types of nuts; Washers; Safety wiring; Keys and pins; Rivets

Learning Objectives:
– Identify seven major types of threaded fasteners.
– Read and interpret common screw thread and threaded fastener specifications.
– Describe the three actions in a manual riveting operation, and explain why each action must be done properly.
– Demonstrate the proper technique for safety wiring a group of threaded fasteners.
– Identify three kinds of washers.

Lesson 10 - Friction and Wear

Topics:

Nature of friction, its causes and importance; Static and kinetic friction; Measuring friction; Coefficients of friction; Wear; Static electricity

Learning Objectives:
– Define friction, identify the forces that cause it, and describe its effects.
– Differentiate between static friction and kinetic friction.
– Define coefficient of friction.
– Calculate the expected friction force between two surfaces, given the normal force and the coefficient of friction.
– Describe four types of wear.